C-SPAN to Air USO Forum from the Bush Library on Memorial Day Weekend

MG Jeff Hammond, film maker Jonathan Flora, actor Gary Sinise, George H. W. Bush, singer Mayra Veronica and USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson gathered for the Bush Library's USO Forum on April 26, 2010. (Photo by Chandler Arden)

This Memorial Day weekend, we hope you’ll join us in watching the Bush Library-USO Forum on C-SPAN.  Gary Sinise and Mayra Veronica joined President George H.W. Bush, Army Major General Jeff Hammond and USO President Sloan Gibson for a special forum on the USO.

The program will air this Sunday, May 30 on  C-SPAN 3’s History Block and Monday May 31 on C-SPAN airing several times throughout Memorial Day.  Be sure to check local listings for exact times.

George Bush, 41st president of the United States, and Mrs. Barbara Bush hosted a special event celebrating the USO and its role in lifting the spirits of America’s men and women in uniform and their families on Monday, April 26 at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.  The event included remarks from the panelists about the ongoing mission of the USO and an audience question-and-answer session.

President Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, served President Franklin Roosevelt as the second chairman of the USO, and as a young Navy pilot, President Bush spent time at USOs during World War II.  The USO also played a significant role in maintaining the morale of American Forces during Operation Desert Storm when President Bush was commander-in-chief. The USO continues to carry out that mission with a particular focus on wounded warriors, military families, and the families of the fallen through Operation Enduring Care.

We thank President and Mrs. Bush for taking the time to host this impressive panel and invite you to take a moment to view the message below.  And don’t forget to tune in to C-SPAN this weekend!

Bush Library Celebrates the USO!

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is in College Station, TX.

George Bush, 41st president of the United States, and Mrs. Barbara Bush will host an event celebrating the USO and its role in lifting the spirits of America’s men and women in uniform and their families. Event panelists will include Gary Sinise, a film and TV star; Mayra Veronica, singer and model; Major General Jeffery W. Hammond, U.S. Army, chief of staff of U.S. Forces Command; and Sloan Gibson, the 22nd president and CEO of United Service Organizations (USO).

The doors will open at 3:00 p.m. A limited number of free tickets are available in the Bryan-College Station community at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Texas A&M University’s MSC Box Office, B-CS Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Eagle, KBTX, and WTAW. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good - watch the trailer of this moving documentary at http://www.ltdanbandmovie.com/

The event will include remarks from the panelists about the ongoing mission of the USO and an audience question-and-answer session. The forum will be followed by a reception and screening of the award-winning film The Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good, which will be hosted by Jonathan Flora, the film’s director.  The USO event will also have a Mobile Canteen on hand.  Attendees will be able to contribute to the USO’s efforts by donating supplies including toiletries and items to benefit deployed troops.  The items can be dropped off beginning at 12:00 pm at the Mobile USO at the George Bush Presidential Library Center. For a list of suggested items, click here.

Even if you can’t make it to College Station, though, you should be able to watch some of the event live on C-SPAN and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum website.  We’ll give you more details as they become available.